My favorite place to shoot at major horse shows like WEF isn’t the big grand prixs or even the hunter derby… It’s the warm up ring. Sure, there’s no huge action there usually but I feel like the warm up ring is the pulse and the life of the horse show.
Sure, there’s a lot of waiting (and hurrying!) but those dull moments look thoughtful and peaceful to me as a photographer.
After you play the waiting game for a while, it’s time for a little schooling and some last minute details. Especially with hunters, you can’t forget to prim everything!
The warm up ring is where you return from the ring – hopefully all smiles after a round well done. Maybe if you’re lucky, you have a new stash of satin to add to your collection.
My absolute favorite part about the warm up ring are the special moments you can catch between horse and rider if you’re patient. After all, we ride because we love horses and we show because we love being emerged in that world.